Seaside in Essaouira

Essaouira citadel by Scala harbour

We took a day trip to Essaouira from Marrakesh. Essaouira is a small port town on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast. When we arrived in this seaside city it was sunny and you could smell the salty sea air. Blue fishing boats line every dock, creating a picturesque scene. The coast is filled with restaurants serving up fish, lobster and crab. We met a live lobster and 15min later it was our lunch. The seafood is reasonably priced and fresh, but the local shop owners are pushy as you wander around looking for the right meal. This is the same all around Morocco, there was hardly a moment when I didn’t feel heckled by locals to eat or shop at their venue. This is unfortunate because it’s such a beautiful place, but this kind of constant disturbance really put on a damper on our trip.

Although you have to deal with the heckling, Essaouira and Morocco as a whole is a great place to shop for home decor. The cobblestone paths along the ocean are lined with art and shops that have have beautiful berber and kilim rugs and pillows at a fraction of what they would cost in the U.S. We wandered through the medina and it was full of color, cute restaurants and handicrafts. On the way through we found an artistic and colorful Berber Rug we purchased to bring back home. Always try to negotiate in Morocco, they expect it and start high.

All in all out day trip was fun wandering along this seaside town, but it’s not a place I would’ve wanted to stay for more than a day.